Ian Smart (Office Managing Partner, National Leadership)

Ian Smart has been Managing Partner of Grant Thornton's London Office since January 2009, a business with activities involving more than 1,200 people and £150 million of revenue. In this capacity, Ian is a member of the firm's National Leadership Board.

Ian has been with Grant Thornton since 1983 and has held a number of roles in that time. He has more than 15 years' experience in corporate finance, having specialised in transaction advisory services with buy-outs, acquisitions, disposals and financial reconstructions in both public and private company situations. He also has substantial experience in flotations and public company transactions, and has acted as A Nominated Adviser and Sponsor.

In 2001, Ian became Managing Partner of Grant Thornton's Corporate Finance business; over the next six years, revenues grew fourfold. Ian also led Grant Thornton's international M&A activities.

Away from Grant Thornton, Ian is currently Chairman of the ICAEW's Corporate Finance Faculty. He has previously chaired that Faculty's Technical Committee and has been a member of the BVCA's Legal & Technical Committee.

Ian is married with two daughters.

Ian Smart's expertise covers:

  • due diligence and transaction advisory services
  • public company flotations and transactions
  • buy-outs, buy-ins, acquisitions and disposals
  • across a range of sectors


  • FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England)
  • CF (ICAEW Corporate Finance Qualification)

Contact Details >

Ian Smart

London, Finsbury Square

+44 (0)20 7728 2465